We always have the best intentions when it comes to fitness goals. The first week goes well, we tick off 3-4 workouts a week and feel so great. The next week we might slip a little or keep it up, either or we are close enough that we are still working toward our goal. But the third week, something comes up. It might be dinner with friends or having to work late and before you know it you are down to 2 workouts a week, then one…then none.
It’s not just that you are ‘busy’, rather, you are using these things as an excuse not to go to the gym. Think about it this way, if you want to go out for dinner with friends you make it happen. So why not do the same for the gym? The problem is you are probably in a fitness rut. What was once exciting and new is now a “habit or pattern of behaviour that has become dull and unproductive but is hard to change.”
The answer to getting back on the wagon lies in making working out fun again. So how do you do it?
Get a work out buddy
Someone else at work recently joined the gym and it has been the best motivation I could ever ask for. Not only does it hold you accountable on the days you commit to going to a class together, but it also makes it a little more fun. When the instructor tells you to hold a little longer you can look at each other, faces full of pain, and survive together.
Track your progress with a star chart
Just like when you were a child that made their bed or did the dishes and got a star for it, you should reward yourself for doing a workout. It might sound lame and childish, but studies show that a little competition is the best motivator.
Try something new
This is pretty obvious, but if you are over your old routine changing a few moves can get you excited to go again. If you are a Les Mills member you should be able to talk to the gym explorers and get a new routine (something I found out recently and have become a huge fan of – a free programme is pretty amazing!) If you are just over the gym in general, try out a new fitness class. This is what we thought of Barre and Cross-fit (trust me, if I can do it you can do it too!)
Make a new playlist
Remember when Beyonce’s new album came out and you used any excuse you had to bust out that CD and the dance moves that went with it? Why not channel that excitement into a new workout playlist, everyone likes a little Drake when they are pumping iron. Make your playlist extra efficient by using these science based tips, they are so good they are “a type of legal performance-enhancing drug.”